Agriculture VII: Crunching a few numbers
2000Even the most ardent admirer of Kibbutz Reshafim will have to admit that agriculture-wise we were among the also-ran's. While our dairy was one of the finest in the country (elected number ONE by Tnuva in the year 2000), the results of our agricultural activities had been disappointing during the previous years. It may have been a case of the flesh being willing, but ...
Crop yields 1999
1 dunam=1000 m²Agriculture is intensive. Most crops are heavily irrigated and sprayed against weeds and pests. On the other hand we rotate crops, grow clover and other leguminous plants, improve the soil with compost and do rain-dances, well almost.
2006In the last five years things have improved a little bit, resultwise. Where the fields seem to have yielded mostly weeds (it would be difficult to explain recurring losses over a ten year period otherwise) at least nowadays an, albeit not huge, profit gladdens the hearts of those who understand the gobbledygook our financial wizzes publish every year.
2010Our outlook is much rosier than it used to be, and we are left with some money to pay back our debts with. One of our members, Ronen, even got a commendation from Agresco, the giant exporter of agricultural produce, and was nominated Outstanding Agriculturalist of the 2007/8 season for his mango exports: